London - Theater Studies

General

Program Description

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Why London?

William Shakespeare said it best when he wrote: “All the world’s a stage”—where better to study theater than the home of so many brilliant playwrights and performers?

What You'll Study

Engage in Britain’s rich historical and contemporary theatrical tradition through theater and drama courses. In your core curriculum, you analyze the artistic, financial, and professional structures that influence theater in Britain, with an emphasis on London. You also examine key texts and performances within their relevant historical and cultural context and delve into theater criticism, reception theory, dramaturgy, and stage design.

Enhance your academic experience with a course at one of our partner universities: City, University of London or Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL). Starting Fall 2020 and beyond, we will partner with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) instead of City, University London. Our course in partnership with RADA begins with intensive workshops with RADA instructors on five periods of English drama and culminates in an independent research project guided by IES Abroad faculty. Optionally, you can supplement your IES Abroad coursework with one of a wide variety of drama courses at QMUL.

Outside of class, you’ll enjoy course-related trips that complement your studies and take you deeper into London’s theater scene. Trips vary by semester, but past events have included:

  • Attending a London Mime Festival Show and a Dance Umbrella Performance
  • Viewing a rehearsal of an accredited drama school production
  • Recording a voiceover in a professional studio
  • Meeting with a professional casting director, actor, or designer from one of the shows you attend
  • Participating in a natural casting workshop to perfect more than 30 monologues

Plus, imagine all the shows you’ll see—at least nine with IES Abroad alone. You will witness performances at small fringe theater venues and companies, as well as larger performances, to learn first-hand about the London theater industry. Expand your artistry by taking a creative workshop in playwriting. Intern as a theater assistant at a local venue to get an inside look at the London theater scene. London and all it has to offer will be part of your learning experience.

Daily Life

We want you to feel at home in London, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in London. From housing to cultural activities, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible.

Academics

Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences.

We offer insightful courses that explore theater, drama, and other topics through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our professors and course options enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class.

You take 15–19 credits per semester. Fall and spring courses (no academic year option) are 3 credits unless otherwise noted. Academic programming is scheduled five days a week.

Create your own academic experience by selecting from the following required and optional program components:

  • IES Abroad Theater courses (required, 3 credits each)
    • DR355 Theater in London: Analyzing Text & Performance
    • TH355 The Theater Industry: Inside & Out
  • Elective Theater Courses (optional, 3 credits each)
    • TH390 Playwriting Workshop
    • LT351 Shakespeare the Dramatist
    • TH350 European Approaches to Text and Theater Performance
  • Elective Course at City, University of London or Queen Mary, University of London (optional, 4 credits each)
  • Internship placement and seminar* (optional, 3 credits)
  • Service-learning placement and seminar* (optional, 3 credits)
  • IES Abroad Study London Program elective courses (optional, 3 credits each)

*IES Abroad strongly discourages students from doing both an internship or service-learning placement and an outside course, as these both require a time commitment that is very difficult to schedule. If you wish to do both, please understand that, if you are able to work both into your schedule, you will be occupied Monday through Friday with no day off. Please contact your IES Abroad Program Advisor for more information.

** Program Changes starting Fall 2020 & Beyond

  • IES Abroad Theater courses (required, 3 credits each)
    • DR355 Theater in London: Analyzing Text & Performance
    • TH355 The Theater Industry: Inside & Out
  • Elective Theater Courses (optional, 3 credits each)
    • TH390 Playwriting Workshop
    • LT351 Shakespeare the Dramatist
    • TH350 European Approaches to Text and Theater Performance
  • Elective Course at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts or Queen Mary, University of London (optional, 3-4 credits each)
  • Internship placement and seminar* (optional, 3 credits)
  • Service-learning placement and seminar* (optional, 3 credits)
  • IES Abroad Study London Program elective courses (optional, 3 credits each)

*IES Abroad strongly discourages students from doing both an internship or service-learning placement and an outside course, as these both require a time commitment that is very difficult to schedule. If you wish to do both, please understand that, if you are able to work both into your schedule, you will be occupied Monday through Friday with no day off. Please contact your IES Abroad Program Advisor for more information.

Courses

  • The Architecture of London: 1600-Present Day
  • Western Art And The Convergence Of Technique And Philosophy
  • Censored! What the British Could Not See
  • Media and UK Politics
  • British Youth Culture From 1950 to the Present
  • Theater In London: An Introduction
  • The Economics and Business of Climate Change
  • Visiting Europe In Cinema
  • Western Art And The Convergence Of Technique And Philosophy
  • International Finance
  • Representations of Identity, Nation and Values in British Cinema Spring
  • London Video Film Production Workshop
  • Censored! What the British Could Not See
  • Visiting Europe In Cinema
  • Britain in the 1940s: Film and Literature
  • Comparative Healthcare Systems and Policies in Great Britain, Europe, and the United States
  • Public Health in Europe: Issues and Social Policies Spring
  • International and European Health and Human Rights
  • Social Welfare Policy in the United Kingdom and Jamaica: A Service Learning Perspective and Practicum
  • The History Of London
  • From Aphra Behn To The 'Blitz:' 300 Years Of London Women'S Social History
  • Contemporary Business Issues And The Eu
  • Leading Across Cultures: Principles and Practice
  • Strategic Management
  • Business Ethics
  • International Marketing Management: Europe
  • The Economics and Business of Climate Change
  • Leading Across Cultures: Principles and Practice
  • Literature And Place
  • Modern British Novel
  • Shakespeare The Dramatist
  • Britain in the 1940s: Film and Literature Spring, Summer
  • Managing Behaviour in Organisations
  • Strategic Management
  • Business Ethics
  • International Marketing Management: Europe
  • An Introduction to European Integration: History, Institutions, and Policies
  • Media and UK Politics
  • International and European Health and Human Rights
  • Social Welfare Policy in the United Kingdom and Jamaica: A Service Learning Perspective and Practicum
  • British Youth Culture From 1950 to the Present
  • Playwriting Workshop
  • From Aphra Behn To The 'Blitz:' 300 Years Of London Women'S Social History

Partner Institution(s)

In addition to our courses, we encourage you to enroll in a course offered at one of several prestigious British institutions. This is a great way to experience the British higher education system first-hand, meet British students, and study theater in a different context.

You may enroll in one supplementary course per semester for no additional cost. If you choose to enroll in more than one supplementary course, there is an additional per-course cost.

You must meet the university’s specific requirements, including a GPA of 3.0 or above, and, in certain disciplines, prerequisites, and junior or senior standing. See the following for more specific information about each institution.

Courses can be taken at the following universities:

City University (City)

Supplementary Course Option: 4 credits

The City received its charter in 1966, evolving from Northampton Polytechnic, a school that was founded nearly a century ago. The Cass Business School is AACSB- and EQUIS-accredited.

Courses in the following disciplines are particularly strong:

Note: 2-credit courses are not available to IES Abroad students. For course descriptions, visit City University's Academic Programme site.

  • Actuarial Science
  • Business
  • Computer Science*
  • Criminology
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Foreign Language
  • Journalism** (majors only)
  • Management
  • Media & Communications
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Statistics

*Available only to Spring semester and Academic Year students. Students enrolled in these courses must stay to take finals in May/June, if applicable.

**Students who wish to take Journalism courses must have already taken a least 1-2 journalism-related course(s). Please also note that course selections in the Fall semester are more limited than those in the Spring.

Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL)

Supplementary Course Option: 4 credits

Located in the diverse East End, QMUL is one of the largest colleges in the group of institutions that together make up the University of London. QMUL offers numerous drama courses, all worth 4 credits each.

Courses in the following disciplines are particularly strong:

  • Early Modern Drama (spring)
  • Feeling It: Emotion & Sensation in the Theatre (spring)
  • Costume Dramas (spring)
  • Cultural Histories of Theatre (fall)
  • Culture, Performance & Globalization (fall)
  • Just for Tourists: Travel, Event, Performance (fall)
  • London/Culture/Performance (fall)
  • London Performance (fall & spring)
  • Naturalism (spring)
  • Performance & Celebrity (spring)
  • Performance & Community (fall)
  • Performance, Sexuality, Identity (fall)
  • Performing Illness & Disability (spring)
  • Popular Theatre & Performance (spring)
  • Race & Racism in Performance (fall)
  • Show Business: Theatre & Capitalism (spring)
  • Voice, Gender, Performance (fall)

You are welcome to enroll in classes in any academic department, although certain classes may have prerequisites. Please also note that enrollment in Queen Mary courses is limited in the spring term due to a conflicting final exam schedule.

Current course listings are available on the University's Directory of Modules.

When you filter the course selections in the Directory of Modules, please refer to the following guidelines. More information can be found under the “guidance notes” link on the main page, as well.

  • Step 1 - I'm interested in... - select Associate student modules
  • Step 2 - Filter by:
    • School - select the appropriate school for your course(s) of interest
    • Semester - Select Semester 1 for Fall or Semester 2 for Spring
    • Level - select 4, 5 or 6
      • 4 corresponds to U.S. 100-level courses, 5 to 200-level courses and 6 to 300-level courses
      • For major credit, it is recommended that students enroll in level 6 courses

** Program Changes starting Fall 2020 & Beyond

The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA)

Supplementary Course Option: (3 credits)

Founded in 1904, RADA offers vocational training for actors, stage managers, designers, and technical stagecraft specialists. RADA’s facilities are a 10-15 minute walk from the IES Abroad Center. In partnership with IES Abroad, RADA offers a course uniquely to our Theater Studies students.

Ages & Stages of English Drama (3 credits)

This course includes several weeks of intensive instruction at RADA where instructors will lead skills workshops focusing on five stages of English drama: Medieval Drama, Shakespeare’s Theatre, Restoration Comedy, Victorian Melodrama, and Contemporary British Theatre.

Following the weeks of instruction at RADA, students complete independent research under the guidance of IES Abroad faculty who will also conduct workshops on casting and audition techniques and actioning.

Service Learning

Participating in a service-learning experience in London is one of the best ways to gain a deeper understanding of the city’s culture and society. Working alongside local people toward a common goal, you experience first-hand some of the social issues that affect London while contributing your skills toward a community-driven solution.

A service-learning experience consists of time spent with a local organization, accompanied by a 3-credit service-learning seminar. Through the seminar, you have structured time for reflection, discussion, and even research on the issues of your host community.

All IES Abroad service-learning placements are supervised. Placement examples include:

  • Education
  • Mental health organizations
  • NGO Administration
  • Public Health Administration
  • Social Outreach

Internships

Interning while you study in London gives you a rewarding job experience with a wealth of long-lasting career benefits. You will:

  • Gain a better understanding of the real-life, everyday culture of your host country
  • Add global work experience and skills to your résumé or your application for graduate school
  • Improve your confidence

All of our internships are supervised and earn IES Abroad credit. You participate in a 3-credit seminar to complement the practical experience you gain during the internship.

Personalized Placements

Once you indicate your interest in an internship, we work with you to find the ideal internship placement that fulfills your academic and career goals. We’ve placed students with a wide variety of organizations and businesses. If we don’t currently work with a business or organization in your field of interest, we will search for a placement that’s right for you.

Placement Examples

Past students have interned in the following fields. Don’t see your field here? Just talk to your IES Abroad Advisor—we are always seeking out new opportunities for our students.

  • Arts & Museums
  • Business
  • Education
  • Media
  • Politics
  • Theater

If you’re interested in participating in an internship for the semester, be aware that some internship options have earlier application deadlines. You must complete your program application first, and then you can apply for the internship. (You won’t have access to the internship forms until you’ve been admitted into the program.) Talk to your IES Abroad Advisor for more information on deadlines.

Field Trips & Events

Even though your adventure starts in London, our field trips and course-related trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. These trips are partially subsidized by IES Abroad. Here are a few possible destinations.

Edinburgh

3 Days | Fall & Spring

Take a trip to Scotland’s capital where you’ll learn about the city’s history on a guided walking tour. Visit Edinburgh Castle that overlooks the city from its hill-top location, and take a day trip to a wildlife reserve in the Highlands.

Stonehenge & Bath

2 Days | Fall & Spring

Visit mysterious Stonehenge and the ancient Roman baths in Bath. Marvel at the collection of world-class couture at the Fashion Museum, and explore the Jane Austen Centre.

Brighton

1 Day | Fall & Spring

Explore the historic maze of twisting alleyways and enjoy a visit to the Royal Pavilion, one of Europe’s most exotic royal palaces.

Cambridge

1 Day | Fall & Spring

Visit this historic university town, with its picturesque colleges and punting (in a gondola) on the river.

Liverpool

1 Day | Fall & Spring

Spend a Saturday experiencing Liverpool. Enjoy a guided tour around the city, including a visit to the Beatles Museum.

Stratford-Upon-Avon

1 Day | Fall & Spring

Visit Shakespeare’s house, which was the place of his birth, and Holy Trinity Church, where he is buried.

This program also includes one course-related trip per semester that allows you to better understand first-hand the community health care challenges in a developing economy. Course-related trips are required, integral academic components of this program. The cost of the course-related trips is included in the IES Abroad program fee.

Course-Related Trips

IES Abroad London organizes course-related trips that complement our courses and contribute to a general knowledge of British culture and society.

At least nine theater visits with live performances and tours are incorporated into the program as fundamental supplements to classroom learning. You share the cost of these visits with IES Abroad.

Some Study London Program electives include a tour of London’s East End, as well as architectural walking tours. Many courses integrate theater visits and tours into their curriculum. Past trips have included attending a London Mime Festival Show, recording a voiceover in a professional studio, meeting with a professional casting director, actor, or designer from one of the shows you attend, and more.

Daily Life

Part of making you feel at home in England is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation that makes you feel prepared, housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services.

Orientation

Our orientation takes place in and around London and is designed to introduce you to the program, your fellow students, and the city.

Our Comprehensive Orientation & Re-Entry Experience (CORE™) begins right when you arrive and continues through the semester with activities focusing on academic and cultural adjustment. Detailed information about housing, public transportation, culture, health and safety, and other important topics are also covered.

Other highlights include a London bus and walking tour, a welcome event, and a visit to the Tower of London. You also learn about the teaching methods of British professors and the program, including internships, academic policies, and field trips.

You receive academic advising and finalize your course registration during orientation.

Housing

We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave London, it will feel like home.

Residence Hall in Central London – You and another IES Abroad student share a room with an en-suite bathroom and have access to a common kitchen or ensuite kitchenette. Meals are not provided.

There are laundry facilities and WiFi access throughout the building, and you will have access to a fitness facility.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Take advantage of the cultural events we organize in London, such as:

  • Attending local sporting events, such as the English Premier League
  • Going on outings to London’s diverse markets
  • Going to world-class performances at London’s many entertainment venues

Cost

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

Spring 2020

Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Spring 2020 $14,840 $4,300 $230 $19,370

Scholarships & Aid

Program-Specific Scholarships

Edward Mowatt Endowed Scholarship

Up to $2,000 each; awarded to 4-6 students each year.

These scholarships are for students on the IES Abroad London semester and year programs.

Our Center

The IES Abroad London Center, situated in the central London neighborhood of Bloomsbury, is a two-minute walk from the British Museum.

Features include:

  • 18th-century Georgian building
  • Classrooms
  • Library resources
  • Wireless Internet
  • Printing facilities
  • Outdoor patio
  • Staff offices
  • Student lounge
  • Gender-neutral bathrooms

The IES Abroad London Center is recognized by The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) for meeting or exceeding UK expectations as a quality higher education provider.

Last updated Nov 2019

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